Study: Alexander Technique Lessons effective for back pain

This study was published in 2008 in the British Medical Journal. The study was done to test the¬†Alexander Technique’s effectiveness for chronic back pain. Here are the main results of the study:


Patients allocated to either 6 or 24 Alexander technique lessons had reduced disability and pain compared with control (table). Exercise reduced disability but did not differ from control for pain (table). Massage reduced pain but did not differ from control for disability (table).

The combination of exercise with 6 lessons of the Alexander technique had about three-quarters of the effect of 24 lessons for reduction of disability. However, exercise with 24 lessons of the Alexander technique did not differ from 24 lessons alone.


Alexander technique lessons were effective for chronic or recurrent back pain at 1 year.

Click here to read the full study.

September 3: Introductory Alexander Technique Class for Chronic Pain

7:15-8:30 The Armory, Somerville


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